Fifty-five foot Christmas tree raised in Jack London Square

The average Christmas tree can be brought home in the back of the family station wagon, with the top of the tree hanging out the back window. Oakland’s Christmas tree was a bit too big for that. A Peterbilt truck hauled the 55-foot, 8,000-pound red fir from Oakland to Shasta County in a 50-foot trailer—with the top of the tree hanging out the back.

With a large metal hook swinging from a towering crane, a roaring chainsaw cutting the tree trunk down to size, and an adorable little boy looking on, Carlton’s six-man crew hoisted the tree into place in Jack London Square, where it will stand through the holiday season.

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